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Coastal Blog

August 2012

Doheny - The Plot Thickens

August 31 2012

Doheny - The Plot Thickens

Water Quality Illness

As practically any surfer in southern California knows, there has been a long-running problem with poor water quality at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point. Doheny has made NRDC's "Beach Bummer" list for several years straight and routinely gets Ds or Fs on Heal the Bay's Beach Report Card. Despite…

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Press Conference on the Jersey Shore

August 28 2012

Press Conference on the Jersey Shore

Water Quality

Original BEACH bill sponsors Senator Lautenberg and Representative Frank Pallone held a press event on the boardwalk to bring attention to the importance of beaches in supporting jobs and a huge tourism economy in New Jersey. They are continuing their fight to restore funding for beach water testing programs throughout…

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Last Call for California

August 27 2012

Last Call for California

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

LAST CALL for Californians to take action on supporting two important plastic reduction bills before the legislative session ends on Friday. SB 568 would phase out expanded polystyrene foam foodware statewide and AB 298 would ban plastic checkout bags statewide. These are two of the most prolific litter items found…

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The (r)evolution of the Blue Water Task Force

August 24 2012

The (r)evolution of the Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force

At the inception of the Blue Water Task Force, Surfrider Chapters were often the only source of water quality information in many localities. As state monitoring programs became more robust, the BWTF began pursuing other goals such as education and pollution identification. With federal funding for beach monitoring programs on…

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LA Unified and Jamba Juice Ditch Expanded Polystyrene Foam!!

August 23 2012

LA Unified and Jamba Juice Ditch Expanded Polystyrene Foam!!

Rise Above Plastics Expanded Polystyrene Foam

Two major announcements lately show the public demand to ditch expanded polystyrene foam is stronger than ever! A determined ten-year old has convinced Jamba Juice to replace their foam cups with more sustainable ones and determined students at an LA area middle school convinced the entire district to ditch the…

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Bring The Bag Campaign Hits The Beach!

August 23 2012

Bring The Bag Campaign Hits The Beach!

Rise Above Plastics

Promoting the use of reusable bags in Texas and beyond, the Surfrider Foundation Galveston Chapter recently gave away approximately 600 reusable bags! During the day they created a Bag Monster from single use plastic bags they obtained from the public along the seawall and beach.

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Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

August 22 2012

Will California Reduce Plastic Pollution?

Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans Expanded Polystyrene Foam

There are just nine days left in the California legislative session, which means just nine days left for bills to be passed before going to the Governor for final approval. Two groundbreaking plastic pollution reduction bills are weaving through the Capitol in Sacramento and need your support to pass! It's…

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Plastic Problems Under The Surface

August 20 2012

Plastic Problems Under The Surface

Rise Above Plastics

If a tree falls in the woods does it make a sound? Yes. If litter sinks to the seafloor is it still marine debris? Of course it is. Many people simply look at the shoreline or glance at the water's surface to determine how clean a beach or other marine…

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Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

August 17 2012

Surfrider Joins Congressman Waxman to Release Report on Congress’s Coastal Voting Record

Know Your H20 Wastewater Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

Congressman Waxman is one of the most influential members of congress and has rightly earned his reputation as being a mover and shaker. He likes to investigate and uncover issues (just Google his name). So when Surfrider was invited to participate in a press conference with the Congressman to release…

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The Ocean Health Index

August 17 2012

The Ocean Health Index

Ocean Ecosystems

Can the health of our global ocean be summed up in one number? How can we begin to prioritize both the threats our oceans face and the necessary remedial measures? Founded by Conservation International, the National Geographic Society, and The New England Aquarium, the Ocean Health Index is an innovative…

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Beach Driving: Part 2

August 13 2012

Beach Driving: Part 2

Beach Access Coastal Preservation Legal

Beach driving not only involves ecological considerations; it also involves beach access and freedom to enjoy coastal resources. This blog explores how beach driving has shaped the law and, in turn, how the law has responded to beach driving.

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New Report Validates Know Your H2O

August 10 2012

New Report Validates Know Your H2O

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling

An international team of researchers from University of California Irvine, University of Melbourne, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and other institutions just published a report which will appear in a special Aug. 10 issue of the journal Science. The report, Taking the “Waste” Out of “Wastewater” for Human Water Security and…

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Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

August 07 2012

Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Now there’s a place to share your story and see where others are getting sick.

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The Many Ways to Save the Gaviota Coast

August 07 2012

The Many Ways to Save the Gaviota Coast

Legal

Recently, a court denied the Santa Barbara Chapter’s efforts to stop a development agreement, but this by no means will stop the Chapter’s efforts and full-fledged campaign to preserve the coast.

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Oregon Marine Debris Team Partnership Launched

August 07 2012

Oregon Marine Debris Team Partnership Launched

Rise Above Plastics Tsunami Debris

Spurred by a need to educate, activate and engage citizens in Japanese tsunami marine debris work in Oregon, Surfrider Foundation chapters in the region have officially partnered with other NGOs and academic groups to form the Oregon Marine Debris Team partnership and initiative.

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Surfrider Activists Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

August 06 2012

Surfrider Activists Join Hands to Say No to Offshore Drilling

Ocean Ecosystems Ocean Energy

Thousands of participants, including hundreds of Surfrider Foundation activists, turned out on August 4th for over 200 Hands Across the Sand events held across the country and around the world.

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Beach Driving: Part 1

August 03 2012

Beach Driving: Part 1

Beach Access Coastal Preservation

This is part 1 of a 3-part blog series that explores issues related to beach driving through several case studies as well as by highlighting impacts that can occur even in places that do not allow public beach driving.

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